World AIDS Day (1 December)

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. 

In October 31, 2016 the Minister of Health, Hon. Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane, officially launched the World AIDS Campaign 2016 in Swaziland under the theme, "Hands up for #HIVprevention". 

On the 30th of November, United Nations Swaziland staff members their hands up to HIV prevention at the Swaziland Theater club to commemorate the World AIDS Day. The event’s guest speaker, Gcebile Ndlovu, an advocate of people living with HIV/AIDS, encouraged UN employees to know their HIV status and further urged the organization to give staff all the support they need, noting that they are not immune to HIV infection. Click here to read more. 

On December 1, the country joined the rest of the world in comemorating the World AIDS Day 2016 at Mankayane attended by His Excellency, the Deputy Prime Minister, Senator Paul Dlamini who was representating His Excellency the Right Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini; Minister of Health, Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane; UN Resident Coordinator, Israel Dessalegne, United States of America Ambassador to Swaziland, Lisa Peterson; IPPF Director General, Tewodros Melesse. 

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United Nations Country Team. © UN Swaziland/2016
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UNFPA Swaziland staff members © UN Swaziland/2016
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Members of UNCARES Swaziland. © UN Swaziland/2016
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A section of UN staff and partners who had attended the commemoration. © UN Swaziland /2016
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FAO Assistant Representative, Khanyisile Mabuza, lighting her candle from the UN Resident Coordinator, Israel Dessalegne's candle, whilst WFP Country Representative, Alberto Mendes waits for his turn. © UN Swaziland /2016
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NERCHA Director, Khanya Mabuza, making his remarks during the UN World AIDS Day commemoration. © UN Swaziland /2016
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UN Resident Coordinator, Israel Dessalegne, lighting a candle during the UN World AIDS Day commemoration. © UN Swaziland /2016
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UN WAD Panelists (L-R) UN Resident Coordinator, Israel Dessalegne, Advocate of people living with HIV and AIDS, Gcebile Ndlovu and NERCHA Director, Khanya Mabuza. © UN Swaziland /2016
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Ummiso dance by Mount Hermon Primary during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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Sibace dance group entertaining guests during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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Representative of people living with HIV, Gcebile Ndlovu making her remarks whilst SWANNEPHA Director looks on. This was during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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Ministry of Health Lutsango in song and dance during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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(L-R) Minister of Health, Hon. Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane and United States of America Ambassador to Swaziland Ms. Lisa Peterson listening to proceedings during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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Ingadla by Ngcoseni Community, national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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His Excellency, Hon. Deputy Prime Minister, Senator, Paul Dlamini, touring info stalls with dignitaries during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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demonstration of "AIDS" in sign language by Sign Language College during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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Demonstration of "KILLS" in sign language by Sign Language College during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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Demonstration of "ABSTAIN" in sign language by Sign Language College during during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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United States of America Ambassador to Swaziland Ms. Lisa Peterson making remarks during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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Minister of Health, Hon. Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane introducing the national WAD 2016 commemoration guest speaker. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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Men from different chiefdoms raising their hands up for HIV prevention during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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national WAD 2016 commemoration guest artist, Nduduzo Matse in song
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Crowds dancing to Nduduzo Matse's music during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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IPPF Director General Mr Tewodros Melesse making his remarks during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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Adolescent girls raising up their hands to encourage their peers to delay sexual debut, WAD 2016 national commemoration. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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WAD dignitaries raising their hands up to HIV Prevention, WAD 2016 national commemoration. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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UN Resident Coordinator, Israel Dessalegne, raises his hands up to HIV prevention during the national WAD 2016 commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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UN Resident Coordinator, Israel Dessaledgne, delivering his speech during the national WAD 2016 commemoration. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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UN Resident Coordinator, Israel Dessalegne, speaking during the national WAD commemoration at Mankayane. ©UN Swaziland/2016
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UNAIDS staff members raise their hands up to HIV Prevention. ©UNAIDS Swaziland/2016